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Connecting learning with fun and exercise

Creating more space for education

Students and staff refer to it as "Red Square." It's the point of intersection between two main hallways in Cheney High School. During class change times, it's more jammed up with bodies than...

There's a town out there...somewhere

Cheney and other Spokane County cities have experienced extremely foggy conditions over the past week, not only reducing visibility but also creating slick...

Airway Heights Planning Commission begins goal discussions

At its Jan. 14 meeting, the Airway Heights Planning Commission began its discussions on its 2015 work plan, goals and priorities. Due to the absences of Commission Chair Rita Osborne and Commissioner Aspen Monteleone, the commission tabled...

A less expensive alternative

In his quest to learn all he could about student habits at Cheney High School, resident and member of the Citizens Facility Advisory Committee Bill Johns said he went to the school one day during lunch and noticed school staff had only set up six...

Medical Lake discusses legal action against the state

At its Jan. 20 meeting, the Medical Lake City Council breezed through a quick agenda, as well as discussed the possibility of the city pursuing legal action against the state. In 2014, Mayor John Higgins spoke with legislators and representatives...

Blackhawks swimming defeats Prosser 105-20

The Cheney High boys’ swim team enjoyed home field advantage for the first time this season with a 105-20 win over Prosser Jan. 24. Grandview was scheduled to compete at the meet, but they withdrew before the competition. Trevor Babcock finished...

Cardinals breeze through week at 3-0

Medical Lake boy's basketball head coach Arnold Brown is hoping his team is peaking at the right time. And last week's perfect 3-0 record might be the indicator he's looking for to further assure...

Eagle men struggle, soar in Big Sky sweep over N. Colorado, UND

The Eastern Washington men's basketball team played a couple of good halves of hoops last week. And it's a good thing they did as it salvaged a Big Sky Conference Reese Court sweep of Northern...

EWU seniors get memorable sendoff at banquet

From A as in All-American to W for walk-ons, the most successful senior class in the history of Eastern Washington University football earned special recognition Jan. 24 at the team's annual banquet...

Deflate-gate is deflating The Game and all of us

Two things about “Deflate-gate,” this issue with 11 of 12 of the New England Patriots footballs used during their American Football Championship blowout of the Indianapolis Colts being under the NFL requirement for proper inflation. One,...

West Valley, Pullman knock off Lady Blackhawks

A pair of losses last week left the Cheney High girls' basketball team searching for its first Great Northern League win of the season. The Lady Blackhawks dropped home games to West Valley and...

Blackhawks fall to West Valley and Pullman

The Cheney High boys' basketball team losing streak extended to eight games with home losses to West Valley, 52-40, last Tuesday and 50-29 to 2A state-ranked Pullman Friday. The Blackhawks stayed...

Cheney drops 61-21 dual to East Valley

The Cheney High wrestling team had a short, but tough week where they lost 61-12 to Great Northern League kingpin East Valley Jan. 21. The Knights, who are 4-0 in league competition and claimed the GNL regular season title for the second year....

Eagle women take rugged trip to Northern Colorado, North Dakota

Just getting to and from the most eastern part of the Big Sky Conference is a challenge. But combine it with a 0-2 record and that makes the journey all the more difficult to handle. The Eastern Washington University womens’ basketball team first...

Medical Lake girls end five-game skid with Omak win

Getting back to basics paid off for the Medical Lake girl’s basketball team last week as the Cardinals ended a five-game losing streak with a 49-42 nonleague victory at Omak last Saturday, Jan. 24. The downside of the good finish was part of that...

Invest in our children's future

I am writing in support of the Medical Lake School District levy. I was an educator and coach for 44 years, 24 at Medical Lake High School. During that time, four of my six children graduated from Medical Lake High School and they were foruntate to...

Vote yes for Cheney and Medical Lake school levies

Half a nurse. That’s how much the state of Washington pays the Cheney School District in order to have a health care professional ready to address a sick or injured child at any one of the district’s eight schools. But in a district the size of...

Cheney High School needs expanding, renovations

Tuesday Feb. 10, voters in the Cheney School District will be asked to approve a 21-year construction bond for renovations to the overcrowded Cheney High School. There is no doubt the renovations, a mixture of expansion and modifications, are not...

Community comes together for schools

Last week I had the opportunity to do phoning as a volunteer for the Committee for Support of Good Schools. I called to encourage people to vote and to vote yes twice on the Cheney School District bond and levy measures. I was pleased and...

Vote 'yes' for Cheney bond and levy

As a parent of three Cheney School District students as well as employee of the Cheney School District, I am encouraged by the everyday opportunities made available to both students and employees of our school district. My own children continue to...

Students benefit from levy dollars

As retired schoolteachers who have both taught and coached in the Cheney School District and had our sons attend school from kindergarten through high school graduation, we encourage the community to support our school district in the upcoming vote...

An alternative proposal for school bond

What happened to the promise of keeping our tax rate at/or below $5 per $1,000 of assessment as we were told when we voted for the $79,000,000 bond just five years ago? With this new (Cheney High School) $44,885,830 bond the rate is projected to go...

What's Happening on the West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section send an email with date, time, location and event to jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. City of Cheney • Jan. 30, Baby Play and Learn...

West Plains Briefs

Feed Cheney ‘Souper Bowl’ As the big day draws near, the Feed Cheney fundraiser “Souper Bowl of Caring” has now attracted eight local churches that will take special collections in soup pots on Feb.1, in an effort to meet the $6,000...

Seasonal weight restrictions on county roads begins in 1-3 weeks

SPOKANE COUNTY – Spokane County’s Engineering and Roads Department announced today that seasonal weight restrictions will begin within the next 1-3 weeks on county roads and continue until further notice. Roadway surfaces and the structures...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Jan. 21 Second-degree theft was reported on the 600 block of First Street. A wallet and its contents were stolen from a building. Third-degree theft was reported on the 2400 block of University Lane. A cellphone was stolen. Jan. 22 Ronald L....

Medical Lake School District renewal levy out for vote

Ballots for the renewal of the Medical Lake School District's maintenance and operations renewal levy went out last week. If passed, the measure would renew the district's operations and maintenance...

Cheney levy to pay for education needs state doesn't cover

Cheney School District voters are being asked to renew the district’s Educational Programs and Operations (Maintenance and Operations) levy. Ballots were mailed last week, and need to either be postmarked or dropped off at local ballot drop off...

Connecting learning with fun and exercise

"What was the temperature yesterday in Cheney?" preschool teacher Patti Hendrickson asked the dozen or so students flitting about the Betz Elementary media center on Wednesday, Jan. 14. Hendrickson...

Medical Lake honors PACE students

Medical Lake Middle School honored six students who were selected for the January Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) Student of the Month award. They received certificates and T-shirts and ...

Education funding in Washington State: A history lesson and constitutional mandate

According to Article IX of the Washington State Constitution, the state’s “paramount duty” is to provide an “ample” and “uniform” education for all children. In 1977, Judge Robert Doran ruled that the state was in violation of the...

Medical Lake bands and choirs prepare for festival season

At 7 a.m., in a hallway next to the Medical Lake High School auditorium, the thumping echo of drums can be heard from the band room. This is the percussion ensemble, one of several groups from the...

Cheney HS renovation master plan phase breakdown

Cheney HS renovation master plan phase...

Hosting event for mission trip funding

Fellowship Baptist Church youth are hosting a dinner and live auction on Friday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. to help raise funds for their upcoming mission trip. For $15 you will be served a four-course...

Winter weather behaving as predicted with El Niño

A month into the winter of 2014-15 and El Niño is making this a very predictable time of year. Slightly warmer temps have kept the lowlands relatively free of snow, made the bean-counters at ski...

Custom Coaches' Bob Williams loves cars

When Bob Williams was just 9 years old his parents brought him from California to Kennewick. After a time, they came to Cheney. He said, "I started my business in body work in Cheney and I never...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Feb. 3, 2005 Cheney High School’s Rachel Roig was crowned one of the six Lilac Festival princesses recently at the Spokane Opera House and will ride with the queen and her court in the upcoming Lilac parade in May. Pathways to...

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church All are welcome to worship with us this Sunday, Feb. 1. Come early for Christian education classes for grade school through adult. Mark your calendars for our Festival of Chocolate event on Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 6:30-8 p.m....

Mary Elaine (Griffiths) Pengelly

Mary Elaine (Griffiths) Pengelly passed away, surrounded by family and friends, on Jan. 9, 2015 at age 86. Her passing was the result of complications from diabetes. Mary was born in Klamath Falls,...

Dr. Boyd Archer Hardesty

Dr. Boyd Archer Hardesty, of Rosalia, Wash., died Jan. 22, 2015 from injuries sustained in a fall. He was 82. Boyd was born May 15, 1932 in Cheney to parents Bonner and Mildred Hardesty. He was...

Deborah (Synstad) Sproul

Deborah (Synstad) Sproul died at Deaconess Hospital on Jan. 22, 2015 in Spokane, Wash. at the age of 52. Debbie was born on April 9, 1962 in Seattle to Sandra and Robert Synstad. She graduated from...

 
 
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